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Microsoft named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems
Gartner* has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in their new Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the operational DBMS market. Gartner mentions some important trends in this market; one is in-memory computing, which, “with its inherent speed, is becoming necessary for the processing of interaction and observation data integrated into transactions.” They also call out the rise of cloud computing and conclude that “This deployment — and especially hybrid deployment — will become a future criterion of importance as the operational DBMS matures, offering an additional platform choice to users.”
You can read the full report, including the market overview and detailed evaluations of Microsoft and other vendors, here. For more thoughts from Eron Kelly, GM, SQL Server, on Microsoft’s latest data platform developments, you can read the full blog here.
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, D. Feinberg et al, 21 October 2013
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New Virtualization Certification and Microsoft Resources for VMware Experts
Earlier this week Microsoft announced new resources to help VMware experts add Microsoft virtualization to their skillsets. This is key as demand for Hyper-V is growing, creating substantial career benefits for virtualizationprofessionals who are “bilingual” – comfortable with both Microsoft and VMware platforms.
These new resources include a Microsoft Virtualization Certification, based on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. Microsoft is also offering a new way to prep for thecertification. In addition to going through a Learning Partner, there will be a free online cert prep training through Microsoft Virtual Academy on November 19 and 20. People who register for the training will get a voucher to take the new Microsoft Virtualization Certification exam for free.
To learn more, check out the In the Cloud blog and the Virtualization2 website.